Tanya Taylor had no one to hug. There was no stage to ascend to, no handshake with the commissioner and no team cap or jersey to dawn.
When the UC Irvine senior was chosen by the Boston Breakers with the 24th and final pick of the Women's Professional Soccer draft Friday, she didn't even get the pleasure of instant gratification.
"I was following the draft online and I was pretty nervous," said Taylor, a forward who had 11 goals and 12 assists to earn third-team All-American, as well as Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in a historic season that saw UCI finish 19-3-2. "And when the last pick was announced, my computer actually froze, so I didn't see it until I refreshed the page a couple minutes later."
Taylor, whose prolific production helped the Anteaters win their first Big West regular-season title and make the program's inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament, in which they reached the Sweet 16, said she chose to learn of her professional fate all alone.